Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc

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The profoundly inspiring and fully documented saga of Joan of Arc, the young peasant girl whose qvoicesq moved her to rally the French nation and a reluctant king against British invaders in 1428, has fascinated artistic figures as diverse as William Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Voltaire, George Bernard Shaw, Bertolt Brecht, Carl Dreyer, and Robert Bresson. Was she a divinely inspired saint? A schizophrenic? A demonically possessed heretic, as her persecutors and captors tried to prove? Every era must retell and reimagine the Maid of Orleans's extraordinary story in its own way, and in Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured, the superb novelist and memoirist Kathryn Harrison gives us a Joan for our timea€”a shining exemplar of unshakable faith, extraordinary courage, and self-confidence during a brutally rigged ecclesiastical inquisition and in the face of her death by burning. Deftly weaving historical fact, myth, folklore, artistic representations, and centuries of scholarly and critical interpretation into a compelling narrative, she restores Joan of Arc to her rightful position as one of the greatest heroines in all of human history.The isolated answers Jesus gave to the Sanhedrin were drawn from Old Testament apocalyptic prophecies he ... She would willingly appear before him, Joan said, and requested Cauchon a€œsummon in this suit ecclesiastics of the French side equal in number to those of the English ... and tricky questions that were asked her, questions that an educated man would have found it difficult to answer wella€anbsp;...

Title:Joan of Arc
Author:Kathryn Harrison
Publisher:Anchor - 2014-10-28


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